Tourism boon for countries around the world love flock to visit placeds and locations of the award-winning fantasy saga
The group, tourists from Britain, Germany, the US and half a dozen non-eu countries, followed the guide deep into Tollymore Forest and collected around a tree stump.
” Girl and gentlemen, cameras ready ,” said Eric Nolan, who the hell is chaperoned them from Dublin to this state park in Northern Ireland the coming week. “This,” he said placing, “is where Kit Harington’s arse sat.”
Nolan grinned and contained a poster-sized screenshot demonstrate Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, indeed sitting on the stump in an early occurrence of Game of Thrones.
The guests assembled around the stump and aimed their cameras. Click, clink, clink. It was probably the least spectacular time of the day-long tour- there would be a castle, replica weapons and petting wolf-like hounds- and still these people were enchanted.
Such is the spell cast by the HBO fantasy saga, which returns to screens on 14 April for the eighth and final season, a television phenomenon with 30 million admirers in the US and millions of others in the UK, where it is broadcast on Sky Atlantic.
The tale of rival fields, duels, bonking and dragons in Westeros has acquired 47 Emmys thanks to blockbuster funds, stellar geniu and source textile in the form George RR Martin’s bestselling novels.
The show has also created a tourism boon for Northern Ireland, which hosts most of the filming, gleaning the thousands of fans to set and spots and PS30m in spending each year, according to Tourism Ireland.
The agency has negotiated a licence agreement with HBO recognising Northern Ireland as official Game of Thrones territory, facilitating multiple spin-offs and a certain irony: a tourism industry stunted by the Troubles now obtained from imaginary mayhem.